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Heavy fighting breaks out near Libya's Tripoli airport, affecting flights

Published on Jul 13, 2014 2:57 PM

TRIPOLI (REUTERS/AFP) - Heavy fighting broke out near the airport of the Libyan capital Tripoli on Sunday, residents and witnesses said as flights were interrupted.

Explosions could be heard on the airport road and other parts of Tripoli.

“Rockets struck inside the airport perimeter around 6 am (0400 GMT)” interrupting flights, an airport official said.

“Clashes followed between the Zintan militia who control the airport and rivals who want to drive them out,” the official added.

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